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Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well.

~Marcus Valerius Martial
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THE WHOLESOME MISSION

The Wholesome Lotus emerged from a vision of creating a wellness sanctuary that people can go to and come out of with their quality of life enriched.  As a patient of Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM during my previous career as an imbalanced architect, I know with absolute certainty that the treatment of this ancient medical system can change lives on a physical, mental and spiritual level.  TCM caters to every individual's unique pattern rather than focusing on their symptoms alone.  This approach directs the treatment towards the root cause with the goal of restoring the individual's natural state of well being.  With over 3,000 years of existence, the art of TCM has had many years to perfect its' approach to human disharmony.  In TCM, the body, mind and spirit are parts of a whole.  Therefore when a patient comes in to treat insomnia, they may not only have their goal met but they will also be pleasantly surprised to note that they have a deeper sense of clarity and peace.

BENEFITS

WHAT IS TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE? 

Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, is a medicine which originated in China over 3,000 years ago.  It is believed that this medicine dates back longer than archeological evidence confirms because there were eras where book burnings took place and a lot of material was lost.  The basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine is shown on the yin and yang symbol, and that is balance.  


A REFLECTION OF THE UNIVERSE

Just as shells so eloquently depict, nature has an inherent ability to spontaneously link both the microcosm and macrocosm into an intricately woven pattern.  Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has acquired its' wisdom from thousands of year of observing nature.  The body is viewed not as a separate entity, but as an extension of the universe, its' elements, and patterns.  This profound observation served as a compass for TCM treatments and has been responsible for evoking lasting wellness in many who received treatments.  


THE BODY IS A SELF HEALING ORGANISM

It it understood that if the body, which is considered its' own universe, is in harmony, then no disease (dis ease) can occur.  The body itself is a miraculous organism and when a TCM practitioner implements treatment, their only job is removing obstacles (excess) and nourishing deficiency so that the body itself can do it's natural job of healing.  So if compared to planting a seed - the gardener simply creates a harmonious environment for the plant to thrive (good soil, access to sunlight and water) but it is the DNA and life force of the plant itself that creates its' growth in response to the balanced environment.  

 

COMMON CONDITIONS THAT TCM TREATS:

Infertility (male and female)

Gynecological Conditions

Menstrual Disorders

Menopause Symptoms

ibroids

Insomnia

Headaches

Acute and chronic pain

Sport's injuries

Musculoskeletal conditions

Multiple sclerosis

Diabetes

Weight loss

High blood pressure

Stress

Depression

Anxiety

Addiction

PMS

Bell's Palsy

Stroke Recovery

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Fibromyalgia

Speech recovery

Skin conditions

Digestive disorders

Cardiovascular disorder

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Treatments

To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.

~Buddha

IT ALL STARTS WITH THE PROPER DIAGNOSIS

Diagnosis is the cornerstone of TCM.  There are many patterns that can show the same symptom.  That is why TCM does not diagnose the symptom and instead understands the individual pattern so that the treatment applied gets to the root of the imbalance. 

 

TREATING THE ROOT INSTEAD OF THE SYMPTOM

TCM looks at the root cause with the understanding that the same symptom can be caused by many root causes.  So it is essential to understand the root and take it out so that it doesn't emerge again.

 

Don't like needles?

We offer an herbal & auriculotherapy consultation and treatment!

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Acupuncture

Hair thin needles are placed in specific points that I like to call the body's 'vortex' locations. Each point has specific indications and therapeutic benefits. Acupuncture helps to either remove stagnation, or tonify deficiency (with many more effects in between). In essence, it balances the energy and creates harmony in the body so that it is able to easily heal itself.

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Herbal Pharmacy

Chinese herbs and formulas are like the natural pharmacy of TCM. The formulas are combinations of herbs that are strategically placed together in order to harmonize and enhance the therapeutic benefit of each herbal ingredient. These herbs and formulas have been used for centuries in China and work as the second leg (the first being acupuncture) in the treatment of TCM.

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Cupping

Cupping is a technique that involves glass cups and a flame. By placing a flame quickly into a glass cup before placing the cup on the skin, a vacuum gets created which pulls the skin into the cup. This suction pulls impurities from the skin and brings space in the fascia layer. Cupping is used to create blood circulation in cases of pain and tightness. It is also used to remove impurities in cases of coughs and colds so that the body is able to heal quicker.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is a term used to describe the burning of a Chinese herb called 'Ay ye'. The smoke from this herb produces a therapeutic heating effect the has been found to move the channels, remove stagnation, help digestion, impotence, diarrhea, pain, cold conditions, and increase energy (to name a few). This is used as needed in a treatment.

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Massage Therapy

We offer various massage therapy techniques to fit your needs. Massage therapy works on relaxing tight muscles and puts your body into a state of relaxation. It is great for activating the lymphatic system of the body to promote purification and fluid release. Circulation is increased as well as an overall feeling of well being. When acupuncture and massage are combined, the effectiveness of both treatments becomes more powerful.

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Craniosacral Therapy

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle manual therapy which works with the CranioSacral Rhythm to release and re-balance the Central Nervous System. It offers techniques to treat the whole body in order to break the cycle of stress between the CNS and restricted or traumatized tissue. CST helps unravel pain and dysfunction at it’s source. The result is a central nervous system free of restrictions – a calm and centered mind, and a body that’s able to return to its greatest levels of performance. Because of this, it can often be an effective treatment in cases where other therapies have not provided relief from pain and other issues.

The connective tissue within the human body provides the structural “scaffolding” of the body and of every cell. It is meant to be expansive. Any injury, or resistance to life (ie: resistance to what IS, in the form of one’s expectations of one’s life compared to reality) is paired with some level of cellular contraction and/or discomfort in the tissue within the mind and body. This state of contraction anywhere in the connective tissue matrix can be released and rebalanced through CranioSacral Therapy.

 
 
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Ayurveda

INDIA'S ANCIENT HEALING

Ayurveda is the ancient medicine of India. Ayurveda and TCM have many similarities yet are also very distinct. Both methods of healing understand the important of health relying on the harmony between the body and nature. Balance is an important goal in order for the body to function optimally.

There are three body types according to ayurveda and most people are a combination of two. Each body type has its' own elements and traits. An ayurvedic practitioner assesses individual traits and if a person is lacking or overproducing a specific element. There are many ways to balance this which include nutrition, herbs, essential oils, meditation, yoga, and self massage.

An ayurvedic consultation encourages the patient to become his/her own doctor and implementing lifestyle instructions and techniques in order to balance him/herself.

After each consultation, you will leave with a customized therapeutic oil, herbs, and wellness protocol which includes following nutritional guidelines and a customized wellness routine depending on your body type.

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Cosmetic Acupuncture

MEI ZEN COSMETIC ACUPUNCTURE

Mei Zen is a unique system that addresses many skin conditions. The phrase "Mei Zen" means beautiful person. Mei Zen utilizes a protocol in which tiny specialized needles are placed superficially on the skin to create an immune response that results in more collagen production and younger looking skin. The protocol is taken from an ancient needling technique which creates blood circulation and skin regeneration. Not only does this help with wrinkles but it also helps with many skin conditions such as acne, discoloration, and bell's palsy. Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture addresses the body as well as the face because in order to get real results, true health must first start from within.

FREE CONSULTATION

The Wholesome Lotus offers a free consultation to assess the skin condition of the patient as well as to give an explanation of what can be expected from the treatments.

THE PROGRAM

The Mei Zen program consists of 11 treatments, the first being a balancing treatment and full diagnostic assessment, and the rest are body and face treatments. These treatments cost $150 each and are required to be done twice a week in order for full benefits to be achieved.